Partners In Health published a blog post, Eating Well: Grocery Program Takes Off in the Navajo Nation, which details progress that the COPE team has made in building partnerships with health care providers and local stores to increase access to fruits and vegetables. The Rx Foundation provided early funding for the vouchers used in the FVRx program.
All told, 1,688 people have benefited from FVRx food vouchers and education. Fully 85 percent of them have met the goal of eating five servings of fruits and vegetables per day. And after six months, almost a third of children who were initially overweight met the criteria for healthy weight. Prescriptions can now be filled in 26 grocery stores and trading posts. And 15 health clinics have adopted the FVRx program, from north to south, east to west.